What is the course about?
Through sampling and experimenting, manipulate paper and fabric through methods of pleating and folding. We will use steam and the heat transfer press to heat set fabrics imparting a memory to manmade and natural fabric structures and forms and look at the incorporation of stitched elements as a holding/ decorative device where where appropriate. The course will include the making and using of 2 part origami moulds to create three dimensional and relief structures. Explore the creative potential of these techniques in relation to your own interests and selectively use skills learnt to develop personal ideas. Whilst you will be creating samples in class, issues relating to scale, colouring and application will be discussed. These techniques have huge potential for creative development and application to a wide range of practices from jewelry to fashion, art, sculpture or interiors.
What will we cover?
- Use of the pleating machine to make small structures
- Heat setting using steam and the heat transfer press
- Making and using a 2 part origami mould
- The application of these techniques to a variety of contexts.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Use the pleating machine to make small structures
- Heat set fabric into 3d form using the steam and the heat transfer press
- Make and use a 2 part origami mould to create a 3d folding structure
- Develop ideas using these techniques in line with personal practice.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You will need to have some experience of independent practice researching and developing your own personal projects and of working with fabrics. Be prepared to explore and experiment and add in your own skills and knowledge according to your area of practice; fashion, interiors, textile art etc.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught through demonstration, group and individual tuition, discussion, illustration with samples, visual presentations and hands on practice. Techniques and processes used will be supported by handouts.
You will be asked to undertake further research as needed in order to develop your ideas and you may want to practise and extend what you have learnt in class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need to bring in your own inspiration sources and fabrics/substrates to suit your project as the course progresses and your ideas develop.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
VX448 Textiles: mixed media embellishment
VX442 Textiles: digital surfaces
VX702 Constructing pattern colouring cloth.